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<3 Added to Oxford English Dictionary

<3 It or Hate It: Symbol Formerly Known as Heart Is Now a Word

Can't stop progress! Even when progress means the preeminent English language dictionary adding a texting symbol to its canon. Today the Oxford English Dictionary announced <3 is a verb, and it means "to love." I wonder how it's conjugated?

Since the OED is an etymology dictionary that's used predominately to trace the evolution of language rather than look up word meanings, I sort of get it. But as other abbreviations like TTYL, OMG, and LOL continue to make word-of-the-year lists and enter dictionaries, this addition sets a new standard.

Abbreviations, though, are always becoming words and will cause far less of a stir than hieroglyphic nostalgia for an unpronounceable symbol. That said, do you <3 it or hate it? And, no, I will not say h8!

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kittyinthesink kittyinthesink 6 years
The article is not true. Check OED's site for what they are adding: http://www.oxfordenglishdictionary.co.uk/public/latest/latest-update/#new
amber512 amber512 6 years
For some reason text abbreviations bug me far less than a symbol being considered a word.
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